What happens if I delete these???

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  1. sjjordan macrumors 6502

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    I'm low on hard drive space and am running OS X.2.8

    There's a lot of stuff in my "receipts" folder in the Library folder. what are those? Can I delete them? They don't look like they're being used.

    What is some stuff I can remove to free up space? Any advise would be awesome.

    Thanks!
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    You might want to try using DeLocalizer, by the util-guru Mike Bombich. It might help you free up some ~200mb of space.

    Also, how much space is actually being used by the Receipts directory?
    sudo du -sk /Library/Receipts/
    will tell you in Kilobytes how much is being stored there. Divide that number by 1024 for Megabytes.
    I suspect that the contents of the directory aren't large enough to warrant the removal of anything. Software Update uses that directory to see what has been updated.
     
  3. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816

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    Any Previous Systems In the top level of your hard drive?

    Duplicate mp3's stored in two places?

    Windows Media Player :)

    - Doc
     
  4. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Delete all the Printer drivers you don't use, those can easily free up a good 500 megs of space or so. Also, you can delete any desktop pictures in your Library folder that you never use.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    He's using Jaguar still..
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Also, check /Applications/Installers/ for the Developer Tools installer. That should be fairly sizable and isn't needed if you have no plans on using fink, compiling, or doing development.
     
  7. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I had Printer drivers installed on my HD when I was using Jaguar, though...I thought that was a normal thing installed on any OS X version?
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Ack! That's twice today I've misread a post.. you're right of course.
    My brain inserted "Panther" in place of "Printer". *sigh*
     
  9. sjjordan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tips. I've saved almost 400 MB of space!

    What is the purpose of those receipts anyway? I'm tempted to just trash them.
     
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The receipts are what Software Update uses to know what's been installed.
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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